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Black star: Ghana, information technology and development in Africa (05 Mar 2004)
Why the poor have so little clout over IT reflects a wider contest in Ghana over the future of the egalitarian ideal in the country. In recent months the government has taken a number of steps that have vastly increased prices of basic services for people living in cities. In January 2003, the government doubled the cost of gasoline sold at state- controlled outlets. Last year, electricity charges were doubled by the state electricity company. Both sets of price increases are aimed at ending government subsidies, once substantial, on these products.
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